Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Under-fire Barnaby Joyce describes political turmoil as his 'time of trial'

LOYAL TEAM? Is Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd really after Barnaby Joyce's job as he suggested yesterday morning LOYAL TEAM? Is Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd really after Barnaby Joyce's job as he suggested yesterday morning
Nicole Thomas | 15 February, 2018, 14:09

While Australia was treated to the all the usual arguments against same-sex marriage during their recent plebiscite - marriage is about religion (but straight atheists are allowed to marry), marriage is about children (but straight married couples can remain childless without their marriage licenses being revoked), and marriage is about monogamy (but straight married couples are free to practice ethnical non-monogamy or, in Mr. Joyce's case, unethical non-monogamy) - we do have to credit Joyce with a new and novel argument against gay marriage: Some people won't want to eat our cows.

Small Business Minister Michael McCormack is one of the possible Nationals leadership contenders should Barnaby Joyce resign.

In response to a question by Robert Sutherland, a judge in the New South Wales District Court, Mr Hewson said a referendum which asked the Australian public multiple questions would be a way to end the political point-scoring on the issues.

Among those is another possibility, Resources Minister Matt Canavan, although the socially conservative cabinet minister is considered young at just 37, and perhaps too close to the details of Joyce's fall, given that he was the next employer of Vikki Campion - Joyce's new partner - when she was shifted from the Deputy Prime Minister's office last April.

"I would like to say to Natalie how deeply sorry I am for all the hurt this has caused". To my girls how deeply sorry I am for all the hurt this has caused them.

During his brief statement, Joyce publicly confirmed his relationship with Campion, who is pregnant with his baby, but maintained that they were not in a relationship when she was working in his office.

He said that Campion worked on his federal election campaign as a media advisor in 2016, and later joined his staff until April previous year, when she went to work with Canavan in a role for which he said she was "well qualified".

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Cray, for her part, described Joyce's behaviour as "unacceptable", but said it was "hard if there was not an official complaint at the time to act".

The outspoken member of Parliament was elected in 2010 and has been a member of the Nationals since 1993.

Coalition Senator Ian Macdonald said Joyce was the only person who could resolve this private issue.

But in a sign of his concern for the reputation of the government, it was reported on Tuesday that Turnbull had "hit the phones" that morning canvassing Nationals support for Joyce. Our family life has had to be shared during Barnaby's political career and it was with trust that we let campaign and office staff into our homes and into our lives.

Labor also questioned Mr Joyce over his portfolio responsibilities, with frontbencher Anthony Albanese saying the newly minted infrastructure minister was "simply not up to the job". They have four daughters together.

On Monday night, Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison told the ABC, "There's no-one I know in the parliament who is a stronger advocate for rural and regional Australia". Joyce said that his 24-year marriage with his wife Natalie was "under pressure for some time".

However, Joyce has said that he and Campion were not in a formal relationship at the time of her promotion.

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